LIMA, Peru — A judge granted parole Tuesday to Lori Berenson, the 40-year-old New York activist who has spent 15 years in Peruvian prisons on a conviction of aiding leftist rebels.
Judge Jessica Leon granted a request by Berenson, who gave birth a year ago, for conditional release at a hearing at the Lima prison where the American has been held since January 2009.
She said, however, that Berenson cannot leave Peru until her sentence for terrorist collaboration ends in November 2015.
Berenson nodded assent but did not speak when asked by the judge if she accepted the decision.
Her lawyer, Anibal Apari, who is also father of Berenson's child, Salvador, said Berenson, whom he met in prison and married in 2003, would be freed within 24 hours.
U.S., China sign trade pacts; issues remain
BEIJING — U.S. and Chinese officials signed accords on trade finance, China's gas reserves and credit arrangements Tuesday but gave no indication of any progress on vital strategic issues involving the rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula and the value of China's currency.
The U.S. and Chinese delegations said the two days of high-level talks had been substantive, however.
Also left unresolved, at least in public, was whether China will continue to support a draft plan for new sanctions against Iran in the U.N. Security Council, where China has a veto.
Finally, there was the issue of China's undervalued currency. The relatively low exchange rate of the yuan to the dollar, kept at about 6.8 by the government, has led to global trade imbalances, many economists contend.